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FAFSA Completion

Encouraging access to higher education has been a longstanding goal of the Commission on Higher Education and New Jersey’s colleges and universities. Obtaining financial aid is a key aspect of access to postsecondary education. This grant program seeks to assist needy New Jersey families at the start of the financial aid process by helping them to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Commission on Higher Education received a federal College Access Challenge Grant to fund projects at New Jersey higher education institutions. The Commission is funding pilot programs at 17 New Jersey colleges and universities to assist families in completing the FAFSA. These projects will supplement the important work already being done by colleges and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority in disseminating information about the importance of filing the FAFSA.

New Jersey’s State student assistance programs, such as the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program, rely on filing the FAFSA as the means of applying for state financial aid. Thus the FAFSA is essential to obtaining both federal and state aid to attend college. The grant program requires that the colleges expand beyond offering basic information sessions by directly assisting students and their families in completing and submitting the FAFSA.

Awards under this grant program have been made to:

Bloomfield College
Cumberland County Community College
Essex County Community College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Georgian Court University
Hudson County Community College
Kean University
Middlesex County College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Ocean County College
Passaic County Community College
Saint Peter's College
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Union County College
Warren County College
William Paterson University of New Jersey

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